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Review for Straight Spouse Network Inc, Chicago, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This worldwide network of support that reaches from Nepal to New York helped me and tens of thousands of other women and men heal and cope constructively when our husbands or wives came out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. None of us is alone any more, fighting the pain of this disclosure in isolation. Together, we show society the unintended domino effect on entire families when glbt person are pressured into traditional marriages as the "right thing to do."

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The number of women and men who regain their lives and grow in strength and wisdom through peer support and fact-based information. Moving from shock, depression and despair, they reconfigure their self worth, moral compass, and belief system.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get people to raise enough money so that we could reach the ears of every single spouse the world over

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The range of wonderful, amazing people whom I've met and with whom I've worked.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach every corner of the world to help straight spouses... and to work toward social justice and equality goals so that everyone, regardless of sexual orienation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, or disability was free to marry the person he/she loves.

Ways to make it better...

there had been more paid staff who could raise the visibility of straight spouses in the community and get outsiders to understand their unique concerns.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of money and lack of visibility and recognition in the larger community

One thing I'd also say is that...

Straight Spouse Network is the sole source of help for spouses, current or former, of gay, lesbian, bisexual,or transgender persons. They play a key role in gay equality work: though hurt by their partners' disclosure, healed by SSN, many become advocates

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Role:  Board Member & I founded the Straight Spouse Network and have watched it grow exponentially, slowly making straight spouses visible.